These [recall] elections, arising from the heat generated by a single issue [union-busting], risk further dividing the electorate and giving rise to a perpetual campaign.Maybe the MJS editorialists missed it, but Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Republican Scott Fitzgerald went on Fox News to announce his party's policies were directed toward defeating Barack Obama in 2012.
That is, his party's policies that are supposed to benefit the people of Wisconsin, not members of the Electoral College from North Carolina.
So it's a bit late to complain about "a perpetual campaign" at this point.
In fact it's been a bit late for decades. Besides, the recalls may have initially arisen from a single issue,* but there's been plenty more presented through WISGOP shenanigans since then, and it's appropriate to hold these six Republican Senators accountable for them as well.
The law doesn't prescribe any particular reason to recall elected officials. It simply provides "tools," as Governor Scott Walker** himself would say.
And of course the various Journal Communications, Inc. corporate organs have been mocking and downplaying opposition to Walker and his henchpeople for months, so the MJS's huffy stance comes as no surprise.
* An issue, by the way, that campaigning Republicans deliberately withheld from Wisconsin voters prior to the November 2010 election.
** Who became Milwaukee County Executive by dint of a recall election.